Witl and Chaya #general

Jacob D. Goldstein <jake@...>

The Yiddish female name Witl (Wittel, Vitl, Vitte) apparently arose as a
substitute for Chaya. Both names derive >from "life"; Chaya >from the
Hebrew (Chai) and Witl >from the Latin (Vita). Can anyone shed some light
as to 1) when this usage became common and 2) why it occurred among
speakers of Germanic languages? If the name can be traced back to the
Sephardic exodus >from Spain, what were its Spanish roots?


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